Suicides on the rise during the spring season

Suicides on the rise during the spring season

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - According to the most recent numbers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, with more than 38,000 reported in the United States.

Experts say while most think suicide rates are higher during the winter season, suicides actually peak during the spring.

"It's often because people see other people doing things," said Helen Pridgen, area director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "The winter is over. People are involved with activities."

Pridgen has lost a family member to suicide and she says knowing the warning signs can help save a life.

"Someone that is in a suicidal crisis may have feelings of being trapped. They may have situations of feeling hopeless and helpless. Their emotions may be more volatile. You may see anger and more crying, it can be anxiety."

Those are just a few things someone might notice. However, Pridgen adds that noticing the signs before it is too late can play a critical part in suicide prevention.

"One of the important things to do is ask the question, is there anything I can do for you? Are you thinking about killing yourself," said Eric Skidmore, who works with several state police agencies. "A lot of folks have died because no one asked them that question."

"People have talked about how they were walking and thinking about it, and they hoped one person would notice and talk to them," concluded Pridgen.

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